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    Chocolate Cherry Bread

    Chocolate Cherry Bread. Photo by beth.scudder

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    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    55 mins

    30 mins

    25 mins

    Lise in Indiana's Note:

    Similar to Zingerman's yummy loaf...a not-too-sweet bread studded with bits of bittersweet chocolate and dried cherries. Add some toasted pecan pieces for some extra crunch, or leave them out; your choice. Prep time does not include 2 to 3 hours of rising time.

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    Serves: 8-10



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    1. 1
      In cup, combine warm water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar; stir to dissolve. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, cocoa, brown sugar, and salt.
    3. 3
      With wooden spoon, stir warm coffee, butter, egg yolk (cover egg white and set aside in refrigerator), and yeast mixture into flour mixture.
    4. 4
      In bowl, with floured hands, knead several times to combine well.
    5. 5
      Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, working in enough of remaining 1/2 cup flour just to keep dough from sticking. Knead in cherries and chocolate pieces.
    6. 6
      Shape dough into ball; place in greased large bowl, turning dough to grease top. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place (80 to 85 degrees F) until doubled in volume, about 1 hour 30 minutes.
    7. 7
      Punch down dough.Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and cut in half; cover dough and let rest 15 minutes for easier shaping.
    8. 8
      Shape each dough half into 5-inch ball. Using the sides of your hands, tuck sides of dough under to meet in center. Rotate and repeat to form taut ball. Place balls, 3-inches apart, in opposite corners of ungreased large cookie sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
    9. 9
      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    10. 10
      In cup, beat reserved egg white with water; use to brush tops of loaves. Sprinkle loaves with remaining 2 teaspoons granulated sugar. With serrated knife or single-edge razor blade, cut shallow X in top of each loaf.
    11. 11
      Bake until loaves are crusty, about 25 to 30 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer reads 185°F Tent loosely with foil after 20 minutes, if the loaves are browning too much (it might be difficult to tell!). Transfer to wire racks to cool.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 28, 2014


      Delicious, and really close to the Zingerman's taste. But the baking time is apparently insufficient - the outer inch or so was baked, but the inside was still raw. I've only tried this once, and I will try it again, but will probably try 30 or even 40 minutes. 20 minutes was just not enough.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chocolate Cherry Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (121 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 350.9
    Calories from Fat 97
    Total Fat 10.7 g
    Saturated Fat 4.5 g
    Cholesterol 38.5 mg
    Sodium 574.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 57.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
    Sugars 12.1 g
    Protein 8.3 g

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